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High Points of Named Parallels/Meridians

RankPeak Elev-Ft CountryRange (Level 3)Ascents
7.Antarctic Circle High Point6955AntarcticaAntarctic Peninsula0
6.Arctic Circle High Point8169GreenlandGreenland0
2.Cayambe-Equator High Point15,354EcuadorEcuador Andes2
4.Date Line High Point10,171AntarcticaEast Antarctic Ice Cap0
5.Prime Meridian High Point10,039France/SpainPyrenees1
3.Tropic of Cancer High Point11,942TaiwanTaiwan0
1.Tropic of Capricorn High Point16,929ChilePuna de Atacama0

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List Description

This list is not to be taken very seriously--the "peaks" on it are all slope points (or "liners"), many of them are on very remote polar icecaps, and, due to astronomical phenomena, some of their positions are constantly shifting. But it does give an indication of the approximate locations where the most iconic and well-known parallels and meridians reach their highest point.

For the high points of the Equator, Prime Meridian, and "Date Line" 180-degree meridian, the WGS84 datum is used. The two tropic and the two polar circles shift by about 15 meters every year so any point given here is just an approximation.

Three of these points are on the vast, desolate icecaps of Antarctica or Greenland. The other four points are relatively accessible to intrepid peakbaggers with nothing else better to do, since they lie near well known peaks:


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